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Partner Connection

April 2024

Visit Albuquerque Celebrates Its Partners on Global Meetings Industry Day

April 11 is Global Meetings Industry Day, an annual opportunity to thank everyone involved in the planning, execution and professionalism in Albuquerque’s event industry. You help create memorable experiences for meeting attendees. We appreciate all you do!


Of course, Visit Albuquerque is proud to celebrate our meetings, conventions and events industry all year long. Meetings play a key role in Albuquerque's economy, generating millions of dollars in local spending and supporting thousands of jobs. Meetings also serve as a catalyst for growth, innovation and community development.

As you recognize this year’s Global Meetings Industry Day, help spread the word about the power of meetings. Use the hashtag #GMID2024 on social media, proudly share the impact that meetings and events have on our community, and encourage your friends and family members who belong to associations or organizations to bring their meetings to Albuquerque.

Take the Stakeholder Survey for the Destination Master Plan

Visit Albuquerque, along with industry and city leaders, is currently developing a Destination Master Plan (DMP) working with the consulting firm JLL, and your input is needed. The DMP process is designed to incorporate views and thoughts from a broad base of stakeholders across the city. As a leader in the tourism and hospitality industry or the business community, you can participate in a survey that will inform the DMP and give directions for priorities and recommendations.

The survey should take 15-20 minutes, and you can complete it here. Thank you in advance for your participation.



ACE Your Team’s Customer Service Skills and Knowledge of Albuquerque

Visit Albuquerque’s Albuquerque Community Experience (ACE) training program is designed to brush up your employees’ customer service skills and strengthen their knowledge about the city. Graduates of the program can answer guests’ questions about things to do and places to visit. The program also provides training on topics such as first impressions, effective communication and handling conflict.

Don’t miss your chance to attend an upcoming class:

April 11, 2024
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Poulin Marketplace
8600 Pan American Fwy. NE, 87113

May 14, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Open Space Visitor Center (Westside)
6500 Coors Blvd. NW, 87120

ACE training program logo

The cost is $25 per person for Partner businesses and $40 per person for non-Partners. Snacks will be provided along with water and coffee. To register, call Trish Hathoot at 505-908-8178 or send an email to
Graduates will be recognized as Albuquerque Community Experience professionals and will receive a complimentary Community Experience pass that allows each of them and one guest to visit attractions throughout the Albuquerque area. The value of each ACE experience pass is more than $500!
Seating is limited, so register your employees now!

Refresh Your Knowledge of Partner Benefits at Partner Orientation

Refresh your knowledge about all the opportunities you have as a Visit Albuquerque Partner at Partner Orientation. Partners are welcome to learn how to make the most of your benefits. Partner Orientations occur every third Wednesday of the month.

When: Wednesday, April 17 and Wednesday, May 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

To reserve your spot, register here for the April 17 date or register here for the May 15 date.

Visit Albuquerque Partner Orientation

Visit Albuquerque Partners listen to CEO and President Tania Armenta speak during a Partner Orientation

Networking Opportunity: Visit Albuquerque’s Business Exchange

Don’t miss the first Visit Albuquerque Business Exchange of the year! This is an opportunity to network with colleagues in the local hospitality industry along with board and staff members from Visit Albuquerque. Join us for ice cream and an opportunity to participate in an escape room along with great conversation. Your admission includes one escape room experience and an ice cream at Pop’s Soda Shoppe. Appetizers will be provided by Bedrock Kitchen, and drinks will be provided.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Escape in Time, 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Ste. 21, 87110
Cost: $15 for Partners, $25 for non-Partners

For tickets, register here.


A group of people network at the April 2023 Business Exchange


Partner Kudos

Industry Participates in Hospitality Games

Visit Albuquerque and many of our hospitality industry Partners participated in the Hospitality Games, a fundraiser for the Greater Albuquerque Hotel and Lodging Association, on March 22. There was lots of friendly competition in contests that ranged from toilet paper roll tosses to making a bed. Thank you for coming out to support the industry!

Visit Albuquerque employees that participated in the Hospitality Games pose

Dry Heat Comedy Club Moves to New Space

Dry Heat Comedy Club outgrew its old space in downtown Albuquerque, and as of April 1, it is now operating out of The Box Annex at 2nd and Gold. The new, larger space will mean more (and comfier) seating, better technology, more drinks and more shows. Congratulations!

Gold Street Pizza and Brew Celebrates Four Years

Gold Street Pizza and Brew celebrated four years in business last month. Way to go!

Visit Albuquerque Partners Recognized as 40 Under 40

Some employees of Visit Albuquerque Partners were recognized in Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under 40” awards. Congratulations to Jennifer Baker, Marketing Director at Rio Bravo Brewing Company; Sharmin Dharas, CEO of Hotel ZAZZ and HERstory Hospitality; and Sebastian Martinez, Director of Business Development and Sales at CNM Ingenuity Inc.

Natural History Museum Receives Reaccreditation

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science received reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The museum has met the national standards and best practices set by the AAM. Only about 1,100 museums in the world have such accreditation. Congratulations!

TourABQ Celebrates 15 Years of Trolley Tours

TourABQ has been providing trolley tours of the city with ABQ Trolley Co. for 15 years. Kudos on the milestone!



Social Media Best Practices to Make Your Business Grow

Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a social media pro, it’s always good to review some best practices. Put these tips into place across your social media channels and you’ll be on top of the social media game.


Partner Opportunities

Visit Albuquerque Tourism Grant Program’s Applications to Open Soon

Applications for the 2024 Tourism Grant Program will open on April 15. The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the Albuquerque Tourism Marketing District. The overarching goal of the program is to spark innovative ideas that contribute to Albuquerque’s vibrancy and build new, creative visitor and resident experiences that grow a more diverse and thriving tourism economy. For more information and how to apply, click here.


An illustrated image of Albuquerque with Tourism Grant Program logo

Submit Your Current Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to drive traffic to your business. If you have a current coupon or special running, please submit it to us so we can list it on our highly visited and shared Specials & Coupons page. We also promote these specials and coupons during special events, meetings and conventions being hosted in Albuquerque.

Click here to submit your current coupons and specials. 

Advertise on Visit Albuquerque’s Website with DTN

It’s easy to get more exposure for your business on Visit Albuquerque’s website. In partnership with DTN, Visit Albuquerque offers seamless ads that integrate with our website’s content to make your ad feel natural. With a variety of paid advertising opportunities throughout our website, we have options fit for businesses of every size, scope and scale to capitalize on the fantastic visitor traffic that Visit Albuquerque is bringing to our market.

If you’re interested, contact DTN at or 855-801-5905. For more information, click here.

Submit Your Events to the ABQ365 Events Calendar 

Visit Albuquerque’s ABQ365 Events Calendar offers a great opportunity to promote your events! The one-stop, all-ABQ encompassing calendar features primarily arts, entertainment and culture-focused events, appealing to both locals and visitors. 

Event listings offer a great opportunity for additional exposure and promotion, and can help keep your business top-of-mind – for free! 

Click here to get started.

Tell Us What’s New

We want to help you share your new initiatives. If you are offering a new type of service or concept, a new product, or have anything else exciting or new going on, we want to hear about it! Send anything and everything to


Sign Up to Participate in Tourism Exchange USA

Your hospitality business can be a part of a new partnership between New Mexico True and Tourism Exchange USA that is designed to help grow your online bookings and international visitation.

Logo for Tourism Exchange USA

Tourism Exchange USA is a B2B digital marketplace that connects inventory and availability from tourism businesses like yours with a diverse marketplace of OTAs, travel distributors and international buyers. The goal of this program is to help businesses increase their distribution and online visibility, including helping offline businesses with making inventory bookable online for the first time. 

If you’re interested in being an early adopter to get connected to the Tourism Exchange, you can learn more and start the application process at


Remembering Visit Albuquerque Volunteers

Ramon Mondragón

Visit Albuquerque volunteer Ramon Mondragón passed away on March 15. He was 85 years old. He had a 35-year career working for the Federal Aviation Administration before retiring early. He was active in his Catholic parish and was an avid runner. Click here to read his full obituary.

Ramon was a long-time Visit Albuquerque volunteer and loved telling people about Albuquerque. He will be greatly missed.

A picture of Visit Albuquerque volunteer Ramon Mondragon

Melvin Schwartz

Visit Albuquerque volunteer Melvin Schwartz passed away on March 11. He was 97 years old. He succeeded his father at Philadelphia Commercial Card and Paper Co. and sold the business in 1982. He served on the Board of Directors at Congregation Albert and was a regional bridge master. Click here to read his full obituary.

Melvin was a beloved member of the Visit Albuquerque community. We appreciate his service and he will be truly missed.

An image of Visit Albuquerque volunteer Melvin Schwartz


New & Renewing Partners 

Thanks To Our New & Renewing Partners  

Visit Albuquerque’s Partners help support our mission to market the city as a top-choice destination for leisure travel, meetings and sporting events. Our thanks to the following Partners that recently joined or renewed their partnership with Visit Albuquerque. We appreciate your commitment to making Albuquerque a great place to visit and to live!

New Partners

Renewing Partners